Associate Director, Data Science

Canada - Mississauga


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Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Data Science? Would you like to apply your skills to impact all phases of drug development and regulatory interactions, in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca may be for you!

AstraZeneca is a global, Biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

Join the team unlocking the power of what science can do. We are working towards treating, preventing, modifying and even curing some of the world’s most complex diseases. Here we have the potential to grow our pipeline and positively impact the lives of billions of patients around the world.

We work on some of the most complex and interesting challenges. A fast-paced and agile team, we are empowered and trusted to innovate and experiment. With access to our extensive capabilities and comprehensive pipeline, you’ll be involved in countless submissions and a wide range of engaging projects along the complete drug development process.

Our R&I Biometrics team is dedicated to the development of innovative treatment of Respiratory and Immunology (R&I) diseases. You will join a global, diverse and cross-functional environment where you will get personal and professional development.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

In this role, we will give you will direct the preparation of data-driven insights for business decision makers to help develop business intelligence, optimize effectiveness and/or predict business outcomes. The role will drive the analysis of data to support the process they are enabling through the identification, analysis and interpretation of trends or patterns and prepare ongoing reports and data visualizations to aid in complex data storytelling. The role may coordinate the creation, maintenance and/or improvement of exploratory and predictive analytics statistical models for ongoing and ad hoc review and analysis of data.

What You'll Do:

  • Coordinate the implementation of analytical and data visualization solutions designed to drive the interrogation of datasets for insights in scientific and business application areas within defined project scope. Solutions may employ the use of dedicated business intelligence applications and/or cloud services but may also maximise the reporting capabilities of existing software enterprise solutions and/or database software vendors and analytical software such as R, Python, and others.  These solutions may also require exploratory and predictive analytic statistical models for ongoing and ad hoc review and analysis of data.

  • Coordinate the translation of business problems into the appropriate analytics problem and solutions in the project scope

  • Clearly and objectively communicate results, as well as their associated uncertainties and limitations

  • Provide expertise in exploratory, descriptive and predictive data analytics to cross-functional projects and shape delivery of solutions that drive business value

  • Develop visualizations and tools to support and deliver innovative and complex analytical solutions

  • Review and develop working practices to ensure that work is delivered to robust quality standards within defined scope

  • Develop, implement and maintain required tools in a manner which meets regulatory and evidential requirements, within the project scope

  • Leads small (2-3 person) projects of defined scope

Essential Requirements:

You are focused on solving challenging problems through collaboration and partnerships. You are a specialist in your field, or aspire to be a specialist, and you know that the best results are achieved by utilising the strengths of every individual.

  • Bachelors Degree in relevant discipline or equivalent years of experience

  • Demonstrated knowledge of data analytic and Business Intelligence tools such as R, Python, Tableau, Power BI or QlikView and/or experience with the Microsoft Power Platform, including Power Apps, and Power Automate

  • Familiarity with database systems (eg SQL, NoSQL, graph)

  • Advanced ability to draw conclusions from data and present in a succinct fashion to stakeholders

  • Demonstrated experience in the complex analysis of data in applied business and/or scientific application domains

  • Software development skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication, business analysis, and consultancy skills

  • Good understanding of at least one business area where the data science is applied.

Desirable for the Role:

  • Masters Degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Statistics, Economics, or a related quantitative discipline.

  • Comfortable working in high performance computing or cloud environment

  • Experience in life sciences and healthcare

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.

  • Are you ready to bring new ideas and fresh thinking to the table? Brilliant! We have one seat available and we hope it’s yours.

Great People want to Work with us! Find out why:

·       GTAA Top Employer Award for 10 years

·       Top 100 Employers Award

·       Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Culture

·       Learn more about working with us in Canada

·       View our YouTube channel


Are you interested in working at AZ, apply today!

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion and providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. AstraZeneca is committed to accommodating persons with disabilities. Such accommodation is available on request in respect of all aspects of the recruitment, assessment and selection process and may be requested by emailing

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity.  We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills.  We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.  We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics.  We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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